(first posted 7/22/2016) I imagine that the driver of this C3 is doing exactly what I wish I could be doing on many summer days during the workweek – tooling around the Windy City in a classic Corvette with the t-tops off and the a/c and stereo on. After the Chicago winter, and then what feels like maybe three fleeting weeks of spring, we’re thrust into summer without warning. It’s only a matter of time before the Fourth of July passes, and before you know it, you’re halfway through the month and seeing ads for fall clothing and children’s back-to-school sales. The driver of this car was doing things correctly on this July afternoon. He was seizing the day.
Under the Loop tracks at Washington and Wabash, this C3 made its presence known against a sea of imports, taxis and city buses – not with the bold rumble of its exhaust, but with its sensational curves and extravagant length (for a two-seater). Like one of Chicago’s many old, architecturally beautiful buildings dating back to the beginning of the last century, the basic design of this Corvette was also a monument, staying in production for fifteen model years. A child born in inaugural-year 1968 might have been entering high school by the time the ’82 models went on sale.
They’re not to everyone’s taste, nor are they as practical or as efficient as Corvettes that followed, but the C3’s of the mid-70’s remain visually distinctive forty years later. Summer’s not over, yet… not even close. There’s plenty of time to go somewhere, or do, wear or eat something you’ve never tried before until Labor Day rolls around. Take the cover off the car in your garage and take it for a spin this weekend. Take that discretionary day off from work on Friday to go ride roller coasters. You’ll be glad you did when you’re raking leaves in November.
Downtown, The Loop, Chicago, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013.